Title: In A World Just Right
Author: Jen Brooks
Release Date: 4/28/2015
Reviewed by: Willa
This book surpassed every expectation I had. I was expecting something interesting, and a bit out of the ordinary, but this book was definitely both those things but it also completely floored me. The writing, the story, THE ENDING amazed me and left me in need of more.
Jonathan Aubrey is one of those characters who is incredibly easy to relate to. From the get-go, I understood what he was going through, to a certain extent, in his school life and his personal one. He has been ostracized from his classmates since the plane crash that killed his family and left him miraculously alive. His only refuge is his “Kylie-Simms-is-my-girlfriend” world. There, he has the girl of his dreams, friends, a scholarship to college, and is on the track team. In his real world, Jonathan simply dreams of having Kylie, doesn’t do track, and isn’t going to graduate on time because of his absences.
So when his worlds begin to collide, Jonathan freaks. Understandably. His two Kylies begin to act weird, and Jonathan is left wondering what is going wrong. This is the part of the story that grabbed me the most – the awkward exchanges with both Kylies, Jonathan grappling with both of his worlds, and him trying to understand where he wants to be.
In a World Just Right strikes a perfect balance of character development and plot. Over the course of the novel, the reader grows to understand Jonathan more and more, as well as the other characters in the book, mainly Kylie. I have to say that if you are looking for a book with a whole slew of characters, the book is the opposite of that. It is a seriously internal book, with most of the text being Jonathan’s thoughts. Kylie was the only character of substance, and I was aching for interactions between Jonathan and his uncle, or some more with his classmates. The ending of this book made up for it though. (If you’ve read this already can WE TALK ABOUT THAT ENDING?!) It’s a complete surprise, yet beautiful and touching at the same time. I got a little teary, I admit. Jen Brooks’ debut novel is solid, and I’m excited to read more from her!